Greek Aegean Airlines announced on Monday that it suspends international flights as of March 26, 2020, due to the spread of coronavirus, travel restrictions from Greece, the European Union and third countries as well as the activation of the emergency measures by the Greek state. The airliner continues domestic flights at a low frequency.
The suspension begins on Thursday, March 26, and is valid until April 30, 2020.
Only a small number of weekly flights from Athens to Brussels will be operated, in order to maintain the country’s connectivity with the EU administrative center, Aegean Airlines reportedly said in a statement.
“This suspension is a priority for the safety of its passengers and employees but, of course, for the sustainability of its business,” the statement added.
Earlier on Monday, Greece suspended all flights from/to United Kingdom and Turkey.
The airliner said also that “at present, a low frequency domestic flight program is maintained at all network destinations, with the sole purpose of assisting in the specific movement of persons and materials needed to meet basic needs.”
In cooperation with the General Secretariat for Civil Protection and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the company continues to carry out special flights for the repatriation of Greek citizens or for any other emergencies that may arise.
It notes that 8 repatriation flights have already taken place from Morocco, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia and Georgia on behalf of the Greek State and 1 flight from London to Larnaca on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus.